From a reader:
Dear Fr. Z,
This seems to be quite significant news: This is the first time, as far as I know, that our bishop, His Eminence Juan Luis Cardinal Cipriani, Archbishop of Lima, Perú, publicly in a homily (last Sunday’s one, at the Cathedral), strongly recommends the reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue, and with the Communion plate. This is the link.
And here is my [the writer’s] translation [with Fr. Z’s emphases]:
“Let us recover that love to the Eucharist, by receiving Jesus with a clean body and soul, in God’s grace. Let us use that small Communion plate, so that if a small particle from the Host falls, it does not touch the floor. There must be an education, which must be taught from the childhood to the elder ones.
We receive Holy Communion on the tongue. In that way we avoid using our dirty hands in contact with the Body of Christ. In this archdiocese there is still permission to receive It in the hand. I say “there is still” because more and more frequently I ask priests and religious to manifest that visible respect to the Body of Christ, and to not just hand It as if one was distributing some papers.
Also, the correct way of receiving Jesus at the Eucharist requires a personal preparation to be in a state of grace. And to show a visible sign of respect, which may be bowing the head or, much more recommendable, receive the Holy Eucharist kneeling”.
Cardinal Cipriani wants
- a communion plate or paten to be used
- reception on the tongue
WDTPRS kudos to Card. Cipriani!
How do you say that best in Spanish… something like… "¡felicidades!", perhaps? Maybe… "¡Buen trabajo!"